These days, life moves fast. With all the demands that modern adults face, a lot of us are guilty of making poor lifestyle choices like eating junk food or not getting enough exercise. Perhaps the most detrimental, however, is not getting a good night's rest.
When you're asleep, your body carries out important reparative functions, which means a lack of sleep can lead to serious issues like fatigue, loss of mental clarity, and a host of other health problems. Most of us are probably already aware of the importance of sleep, but did you know that your sleeping position has a big impact on your health, too?
People tend to sleep in four basic positions: on their right side, on their left side, on their backs, or in a fetal position. Each position has benefits and drawbacks, but most people tend to base their decision on personal comfort. Sleeping on your left side, however, is the one position whose benefits are touted by both holistic medicine and Western medical science. Check out the images below to learn the top eight health benefits of sleeping on your left side.
1. Relieves Heartburn And Acid Reflux
Sleeping on the left side offers heartburn/acid reflux relief. This is especially true after a really rich or spicy meal.
2. Reduces Snoring
If you're prone to sleep apnea and/or general snoring, try sleeping on your left side. Your partner will thank you in the morning.
3. Aids Digestion
Sleeping on your left side also works with gravity to help improve digestion by encouraging food to move on towards the intestinal tract.
4. Improves Heart Health
Sleeping on the left side can also provide additional drainage for the lymphatic system via gravity, taking a little of the workload off your heart and improving overall heart health.
5. Helps Your Spleen
The increased drainage thanks to gravity also assists your spleen, which is always nice.
6. Boosts Your Immune System
The left side of the body is believed to be the dominant side for the lymphatic system (vital for immune function), and sleeping on the left side encourages better filtration and drainage of waste. If you haven't caught on by now, "drainage" is kind of a key word to this whole thing.
7. Increases Circulation
Sleeping on the left side has been found to improve circulation, thanks to reduced pressure on the vena cava (the largest vein in the body), which is located on the right side of your body.
8. Nourishes The Fetus
The improved blood flow mentioned above is really great for pregnant women as well, since it improves blood flow to the fetus. Better supply of blood and nutrients = happy fetus.
One simple solution for breaking your bad sleeping habits is placing a light on your right side. That way, you'll instinctively want to turn away from it when sleeping. Another trick is to pin a tennis ball to the right side of your back, which will act as a natural obstruction.
To find out more about the benefits of sleeping on your left side, watch this incredibly informative video by Dr. John Douillard:
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H/T: Sun Gazing